An adaptable architecture

An architecture that reacts is an architecture that is highly adaptable and is able to be reconfigured to any demand. To properly respond to any need, it would have to successfully shift scales and lend itself to re-adaptation and re-appropriation. The proposed tectonic system is a recursive system that makes use of triangulated folding to increase structural strength and add to its initial aggregatory capabilities in order to fulfill different scenarios. Architecture has always made use of this type of thinking, in terms of re-usability as a coherent system that can achieve multiple configurations at different scales.

Recursion in mathematics is stated as a function that is defined by being applied within itself. In other words, the initial conditions are repeated in itself until a satisfactory outcome has been achieved. The proposed recursive system is able to adjust by self-replicating and nesting in different ways without embedding any new variables, since all elements are planar and self-similar, making them easy to be replicated and combined; therefore surpassing conventional part-to-whole relationships where an element can only be applicable for a certain function (i.e. wall, column, ceiling) and achieve tectonic clarity through the aid of repetition.

Any 3D computer program that supports recursion can be used to simulate scenarios where height and space requirements are used as an input. The system responds to new needs either by increasing structural strength or aggregation type (fig. 01) resulting in many potential typologies (shed, pavilion, linear vs. circular housing, dome) without resorting to difficult robotic fabrication and complex joinery, consequently giving relevance to the simplification of constructability and material systems, ultimately achieving an architecture of adaptability.

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